Featured “Couplets” Poet: Cara Holman

April 19th, 2012

Today as part of the Couplets poetry blog tour, I’m featuring the poet Cara Holman here on my blog.

 

Photo of Cara HolmanName
Cara Holman

 

Where I’m From
I was born in San Francisco, grew up on Long Island, moved back to California to attend college, and then lived in Seattle and Austin, before finally settling in Portland (Oregon!) in 1991.

 

My Blog
Prose Posies

 

How We Met
I met Christina in much the same way I’ve met most of my online poetry friends. Her name kept popping up all over the place in haiku journals and online poetry sites, including NaHaiWriMo and Poetic Asides. Soon we became Facebook friends. We both recently had haiku appear together in the March/April 2012 Writer’s Digest magazine.

 

How Long I’ve Been Writing
After a few awkward attempts at writing poetry in my childhood, I tabled my efforts until 2007, when I joined a writing group for cancer survivors. Over the next three years, and with the constant support and encouragement of my writing group, I first began writing prose, and very soon after that, poetry. It wasn’t until 2010, though, that I turned to haiku and related forms.

 

What I Write
These days, I mostly write haiku, senryu, tanka, haibun, and rengay. I have tried my hand at a variety of forms though, including triolets, prose poetry, four and twenties, Kelly and Collum lunes, hay(na)ku, Fibonaccis, monotetras, rondeaus, blitz poems, the bop, limericks, cascade poems, sevenlings, and sestinas.

 

A Poem (Okay, three)

 

My first published poem:
Sleeping With an Open Window
Frogs, he says
Crickets, I insist
We stop again to listen.
(Four and Twenty, 1:2, November/ December 2008)

 

 

A haiku:

 

another biopsy–
plucking at the flowers
on my hospital gown
(Winner of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge: Haiku, December 2011)
(Also appeared in Writer’s Digest magazine, March/April 2012)

 

 

A tanka:

our favorite walk
by the river–
deep in conversation
we cover
the same old ground
(Second Place, 2011 San Francisco International Competition: Haiku, Senryu, Tanka, and Rengay)

8 Responses to “Featured “Couplets” Poet: Cara Holman”

  1. Terri French says:

    I simply LOVE Cara's work!

  2. Cara Holman says:

    And I yours, Terri. :) Congratulations on your Touchstone Award!

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  5. De Jackson says:

    Cara's pieces always evoke such a feeling of immediacy for me, of being in the moment, and observing the small, but so important. I love reading her, and I'm so glad this talented, generous, encouraging poet is having her turn in the spotlight. :) 

  6. Marie Elena says:

    I remember (and loved) the first two, and the third is just fantastic!  Good to see this feature.  Thanks, ladies!

  7. Dr pearl Ketover Prilik says:

    Your haikus all carry a wonderfully human story in them :)
    Lovely interview :)

  8. Fun interview — turnabout's fair play.  :-))  Love these three offerings, Cara!  :-)

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